Carrickfergus woman jailed for assault on officers

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A woman has been jailed for shoving two police officers called out to a house in Co Antrim.

Laura Nicholl, 22, received a two-month prison sentence for the assaults and causing criminal damage.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard police were called to an address in Carrickfergus in the early hours of March 5.

A prosecution lawyer said when they arrived Nicholl shouted: “More f****** peelers, f*** away off.”

Nicholl, of Rosebrook Grove in the town, then tried to slam the door shut.

She pushed one constable in the chest before carrying out a similar assault on his female colleague.

Criminal damage was then caused to a PSNI vehicle at the scene.

After being briefed on what happened, District Judge Fiona Bagnall remarked: “This is like Groundhog Day.”

But a defence solicitor argued that Nicholl’s past crimes involved much more serious offences.

She also stressed that the accused had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

With Nicholl having breached a previously suspended sentence, Mrs Bagnall decided she had other option than to send her to prison.

“My hands are tied,” she said.

Imposing the two-month sentence for the new offences, the judge did not activate the suspended term.

Referring to Nicholl’s efforts to keep out of trouble, Mrs Bagnall advised: “She does need to refocus.”